Jan. 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The College Swim Coaches Association of America released its latest national dual meet poll on Thursday. The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team received its highest ranking of the year a No. 21, while the women’s squad remained in the nation’s top 25 at No. 25.
The FSU men made a jump from No. 25 in the previous poll due to their recent performance on the road. FSU swept their three dual meets last weekend in North Carolina. On Friday, Jan. 10, the Tribe defeated NC State 137-106. The next day FSU upset then-No.14 UNC, 162-138, and Rutgers, 205-95. At the end of the road trip, the Seminoles were 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. UNC is now ranked 20th with Virginia No. 9 to round out the ACC in the men’s poll.
The Lady Seminoles had an unfortunate drop in the polls from No. 20 to No. 25. The women recently went 2-1 on the same road trip as the men. FSU defeated NC State, 136-107, to win its 10th meet of the year. On Saturday, the Lady Seminoles (11-2, 2-1 ACC) split their dual meets by defeating Rutgers, 151-149, and losing to No. 11 UNC, 186-144. Virginia (No. 12) and Maryland (No. 15) round out the ACC in the women’s top 25.
With both the men’s and women’s squads reaching their 10th wins last weekend, head coach Neil Harper, who is in his fourth season at the helm of both teams, becomes the first FSU head coach in school history to lead both squads to double digit victories in consecutive years. The feat is more outstanding when considering that the men’s program is in its 54th year and the women’s in its 27th year.
The Seminoles will end their dual meet season on Jan. 25 with a home meet against LSU at noon at the Bobby E. Leach Center.